How to Choose the right rug for your home

Modern Chevron Design Rug

Opinions vary as to the function of a rug; on one hand there are some use rugs simply to protect fitted carpet or wood flooring and others use rugs as a decorative centrepiece to a room. With the increase use of real wood flooring in our homes many more large rugs are now used under dining tables and beds. Whatever or wherever your rug is to go, when choosing your new rug, other than colour, there are a few basic things you should take into account theses are size, texture and design.

The Rugs Size:

You will first need to establish the size of rug that you require to cover the area of your floor taking into account the positioning of furniture you are using to compliment the rugs. This can be done with a tape measure by taking the rough length and width of the area you wish to cover. Because manufactures don’t have a standard sizes it is highly unlikely that the rug you select will get the exact size for the area so you will often need to compromise a little, that is to say, you may have to settle for a slightly larger or smaller size.

Modern Chevron Design Rug

When planning to use the rug in conjunction with settees and occasional furniture such as a coffee table, think about the overall effect. The popular option is to sit a coffee table on the rug, however to do this you may require the rug to be fair bit larger than the coffee table or the overall effect of the rug may be lost. In contrast when using a coffee table with a glass top you can often afford to use smaller rugs as the design or texture will be visible through the glass.

When using a rug under a dining table establish whether you require a rug that is large enough to accommodate both table and dining chairs, or just large enough to accommodate the table. Dining room tables are often extendable so don’t forget to allow for this. Popular sizes for rugs under dining tables vary between 160cm x 230cm and 200cm x 300cm.

Using rugs under beds has become increasingly popular particularly on wood flooring as many of us still prefer to step out of bed onto a soft warm rug rather than cold hard flooring. You can use an extra large rug that will cover a large area of unseen and unused area under the bed, whilst there is a degree of waste the advantage is that it will also dampen the sound of creaky old beds echoing around the home. You can also lay smaller rugs each side of a bed a popular bedroom choice for rugs is single or double sheepskins.

The Rugs Texture:
Modern Chevron Design Rug

A rugs texture will vary dramatically from product to product and your final choice will depend upon varying factors including, visual appearance, underfoot comfort and durability. Rugs that have a high degree of intricate design are usually produced closely woven on a short velvet pile, whereas plainer rugs will generally rely on shaggy, twisted or carved textures to enhance the overall appearance. Some rugs will have a combination of textures the most popular being cut and loop, this is a texture of a soft cut velvet pile combined with a harder loop pile.

The Rugs Design:
Modern Chevron Design Rug
Rug designs come in four main styles, Plain, Traditional, Modern or Transitional. Plain rugs use a single colour, classic or traditional rugs are designed using a Persian or Oriental style design usually using a combination of five or more colours. Modern or contemporary rugs use abstract or geometric designs or a combination of abstract and geometric to create a modern design. Transitional rugs are designs that are an amalgamation of traditional and modern designs. A typical transitional design in today’s market would be the many contemporary Damask designs available.

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Don’t forget the bedroom when redecorating

It depends, but most people tend to decorate somewhere in the house at least once a year. There is something about the lengthening days of spring that make us want to have a bit of a spruce up in the house and the areas most often decorated are the hall, the sitting room and the kitchen. After all, they are the areas that most visitors see and where most people spend a great deal of time. The problem is that there is a limit on how much decorating you can do – either the money or the inclination runs out and yet again the upstairs has been forgotten and looks even dingier than it did when the same thing happened the year before and even possibly the year before that. So, once again, the poor old bedroom loses out.

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Mixing and matching shapes and sizes of rugs for a co-ordinated look

When you move into somewhere new or just fancy a change, using rugs to stamp your personality is a really easy thing to do. Are you a bit of an old-fashioned person who likes to hang on to family pieces and memorabilia? Traditional rugs will probably suit you best. Do you like to chop and change and move the furniture around? Looking for rugs for sale at bargain prices will probably be your best choice, because you can make a difference without spending a fortune. If you like minimalist designs and not too much clutter, you can make a statement with a shaggy rug in an accent colour. But to stop it all looking a bit like a ‘bulk buy’ you can use different shapes and sizes in the same overall style.

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Noisy neighbours and what to do (and what not to do!)

An Englishman’s home is his castle, or so the saying goes and most people find that they are much happier when they can be in their own home and shut the door for some privacy. But lots of people find that the noise made by neighbours ruins their enjoyment of their own space and increasing numbers are contacting their councils or even the police to make peace. In some extreme cases people have actually resorted to physical violence when a neighbourly dispute gets out of hand.

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Charity shop chic

Upcycling and charity shop furnishing is all the rage these days but there isn’t really any need to make alterations or do funky things with paint and decoupage if you buy well to start with. There are some things that perhaps are not what you would want in your home without some serious cleaning and detoxing – second-hand shaggy rugs would probably fall into this category – but antique persian rugs along with any furniture with no upholstered parts are often fine after a wipe through with a damp cloth. If drawers or cupboards smell a little musty, it is easy to put that right with a bag of bicarbonate of soda in a corner, perhaps with a few lavender flowers added to perfume the space.

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HOW RUGS HELP MAKE AN INSTANT GOOD IMPRESSION WITH THE NEW IN-LAWS

The in-laws on the cream shaggy rug
Whether you are setting up home together for the first time or have just got married, you will want to make a good impression on those very important people – your significant other’s parents. It doesn’t matter how long you have known them before they make their first visit to your new home, you know they will be looking around to make sure that this is a fit place for their lovely son or daughter to live. Before you think to yourself that it doesn’t matter what they think – you are a grown up, after all – stop! The in-laws’ opinions always matter, even when they are just plumb wrong.

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Rug Zone featured on ITV’s This Morning Program

One of the strange thing about having an online rug business is the unexplainable peaks and troughs of the sales patterns. At around lunchtime today the server suddenly went into overdrive with an unexpected intake of orders. After quick peek at Google Analytics the Real Time statistics confirmed there was an unusually high volume of visitors to the website.

Further investigation revealed that some of our visitors had seen us on TV. Then it dawned on us, “It must be the rugs we sent to This Morning Program, two days previous”. Yes, Linda Barker was doing a feature “Bring the countryside castle look to your home” and requested one our Antique Effect Medallion Natural Look Rugs in Grey for the feature.

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